Here comes the Sun: Solar Arbor tour continues to Newton Centre!

"Solar Arbor" Concept, prepared by XChange Architects LLC for the 2014 Brookline Climate Week

“Solar Arbor” Concept, prepared by XChange Architects LLC for the 2014 Brookline Climate Week

As we prepare for the unofficial start to the Summer, we are especially delighted to learn that our photovolatic(PV)-powered trellis concept designed for the 2014 Brookline Climate Week – held in January of this year – has been re-installed for summer duty in nearby Town of Newton.  The “Solar Arbor” is based on ideas generated from a collaboration between Mary Dewart of Climate Change Action Brookline and Susan Israel of the Energy Necklace Project, and installed by solar panel provider RevoluSun.  Directly in response to Landscape Designer Mary Dewart’s inspiration from the practical application of solar technologies in the domestic setting as demonstrated in the recent US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competitions, this simple trellis system seeks to amplify the relative ease of installation and the myriad design possibilities of PV installations in a domestic context.

Images and drawings copyright XChange Architects LLC.


View of completed installation at the Brookline Health Department on Pierce Street: Brookline Climate Week, January 2014.  Image copyright XChange Architects LLC

Provincetown Airport Terminal Redevelopment selected for 2014 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition


Submission board of the proposed replacement passenger terminal building concept at Provincetown Municipal Airport. Image copyright XChange Architects LLC and Hartnessvision LLC

Our design concept “Race Point Flyer,” a proposed redevelopment of the passenger terminal facilities at Provincetown Municipal Airport was recognized in the 2014 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition.  The exhibition at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Headquarters in Washington, D.C., runs through the end of April.

New Work: Martha’s Vineyard Airport ARFF-SRE Facility

MVY ARFF collage

The JACOBS | XChange Architects Team has been selected by the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission Designer Selection Committee to design the new integrated Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting (ARFF) and Snow Removal Equipment (SRE) facility intended to replace the airport’s existing post-war era building.  The design-only phase of the work will include preparing contract documents for the demolition of the existing ARFF/ SRE Building located adjacent to the airport’s General Aviation Building, relocation of an existing airfield lighting vault, and the construction of a new ARFF/SRE building at the same location.

The proposed new ARFF/SRE building is anticipated to provide additional space for offices, training/conference room, staff day room, sleeping and bathroom/shower facilities, kitchen, laundry room, extinguishing agent storage facility, vehicle maintenance areas, SRE & other airport equipment storage, vehicle washing bays, parking areas and other miscellaneous spaces.

The anticipated 12-month design phase of this project will be overseen by Daedalus Projects Inc., the Owner’s Project Representative for the Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission.  Stay tuned for more updates on this project.

MVY ARFF on truck

All images, drawings and photographs courtesy Martha’s Vineyard Airport Commission and the JACOBS | XChange Architects Team.

New Work: Barnstable Municipal Airport

Birdseye view rendering - illustrating new passenger terminal and parking facilities

Birdseye view rendering – new passenger terminal and parking facilities

XChange Architects, as a subconsultant to JACOBS, has been retained to provide A/E design assistance to Barnstable Municipal Airport for the maintenance and repair of the Airport’s passenger terminal facilities –  completed by Suffolk Construction in 2011 – the capstone of a $40 million airport improvement program.  The task order work will include baggage make-up area improvements, airside weather protection and fenestration improvements, and building life cycle management monitoring.  The work is eligible for funding under the MassDOT Airport Safety and Maintenance Program.

View of main terminal entrance & landside curb.  Image courtesy Barnstable Municipal Airport.

View of main terminal entrance & landside curb. Image courtesy Barnstable Municipal Airport.

Barnstable Municipal Airport, located in Hyannis, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, provides commercial and general aviation services to Boston and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.  The Airport also serves as the corporate headquarters for regional airline, Cape Air.  It is owned by the Town of Barnstable and managed by the Barnstable Municipal Airport Commission and its staff.  Today, the airport consists of a new 35,000 sq. ft. passenger terminal, a new 85 ft. air traffic control tower, a new aircraft ramp and a new vehicle access road—all opened at the end of 2011— extensive parking facilities, a rescue and maintenance building and an aircraft fuel farm. More than 40 private tenants lease hangar space on parts of the airport property.

All photos, images and drawings copyright Barnstable Municipal Airport and XChange Architects LLC, unless otherwise noted.

New Work: Kumon Center of Needham

119 Chapel persp view - classroom

Interior perspective – proposed main classroom, Kumon of Needham.

XChange Architects is designing the new home of the Kumon Learning Center of Needham | MA.  After a lengthy site selection process, conducted with the assistance of Cullinane Real Estate Services LLC, a prime storefront location on Chapel Street was identified in the heart of Downtown Needham, directly across from Town Hall.  The proposed change of use was unanimously approved by the Town of Needham Planning Board on November 19, 2013.

Providing unique, individualized instruction for math and reading skills for K-12 students, Kumon is helping millions of children in 47 countries and regions on six continents.  Construction for the new Kumon of Needham is scheduled to be completed in early 2014; coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Kumon method.    

Kumon Logo - White1_full

All photos, logos, images and drawings copyright Kumon and XChange Architects LLC, unless otherwise noted.

New Fall Publications


BTW – September 2013 Issue

We’re delighted to be spreading the news that our Town of Brookline Economic Development Advisory Board colleague and long-time sustainability entrepreneur/innovator, Harold Simansky, continues to delve into new territories – this time into the world of publishing, where he has just unveiled the inaugural issue of BTW – BEHIND the WALLS.  The motivation behind BTW, according to Harold, is to make green design accessible to the everyday audience:

“For me, BTW is all about accessibility for the average homeowner, making sure that they understand that going green does not have to break the bank. In fact, it is often the most cost effective solution.” 

For more on BTW, please visit Harold Simansky’s website and blog – 360 Chestnut.

AHPP 15th

Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition.

In the hardbound category, Wiley has recently announced the November 2013 release of the AIA’s 15th Edition of the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (AHPP).  XChange Architects’ Derrick Choi AIA, had the privilege of collaborating on the redevelopment of the Handbook by serving as a member of the AIA’s steering committee for the 15th Edition.  The Handbook was first published in 1920 with the intent of articulating “how the architect must combine the skills of a professional, a businessman, and an artist.”  The upcoming edition – the first since the 14th edition in 2008 – will reflect a groundswell of change in our industry since the Great Recession.  To learn more about the 15th edition, please check out the AIA interview with the Executive Editor of the AHPP and small firm business planning expert, Prof. Rena M. Klein, FAIA.

Derrick Choi had the opportunity to reflect on the 2008 founding of XChange Architects while co-writing with Rena Klein a section in the Organizational Development Chapter of the AHPP on starting a firm, entitled:  “Entrepreneurial Practice: Starting an Architecture Firm.”

All images courtesy of publishers, Harold Simansky and Wiley.

New Work – Northern Trust Boston Offices


One International Place (right), Boston. Image courtesy Wikipedia.

XChange Architects is serving as Architect-of-Record on the expansion of the Northern Trust office interiors located in One International Place, in the Financial District of Downtown Boston.  We are collaborating on construction documents and permitting coordination with the design architect, Bryne Design LLC of Chicago | IL.  The local project team includes RDK Engineers (M|E|P) and Columbia Construction Company (General Contractor). Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall.